Rick Ackerly is a nationally recognized educator and speaker with 50 years of experience working in and for schools. With a master’s in education from Harvard University, Rick has devoted his career to building thriving learning communities. He has served as director of five schools and is a consultant and coach to teachers, school leaders and parents. Author of The Genius in Every Child: Encouraging Character, Curiosity and Creativity in Children, Rick speaks to parent and school groups across the country and at numerous education conferences. His articles about education have appeared in Education Week, the New York Times, The Independent School, Multicultural Education. Rick publishes a new essay weekly on www.geniusinchildren.org.